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outage

[ou-tij]
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noun
  1. an interruption or failure in the supply of power, especially electricity.
  2. the period during which power is lost: a two-hour outage on the East Coast.
  3. a stoppage in the functioning of a machine or mechanism due to a failure in the supply of power or electricity.
  4. the quantity of goods lost or lacking from a shipment.Compare innage(def 1).
  5. Aeronautics. the amount of fuel used during a flight.Compare innage(def 2).
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Origin of outage

An Americanism dating back to 1900–05; out + -age
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Related Words for outage

interruption, disruption, blackout, brownout, disconnection, failure

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British Dictionary definitions for outage

outage

noun
  1. a quantity of goods missing or lost after storage or shipment
  2. a period of power failure, machine stoppage, etc
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Word Origin and History for outage

n.

"period or condition in which electrical power is disconnected," 1903, American English; formed from out on model of shortage.

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